On Friday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mitt Romney delivered his first major speech since losing the presidential election. He entered to a big standing ovation and gave a short speech that was well-received by the crowd. But it’s not clear why he felt compelled to make the speech. “As someone who just lost the last election, I’m probably not the best person to chart the course for the next election,” Romney said, before advising that conservatives should listen to blue state Republican governors more. Romney also spoke about the people he met on the campaign trail
Romney said he´d repeal Obamcare. That alone was enough reason to get him elected. People who stayed home because Romney wasn´t pure enough, thereby letting Obamacare seize control of our lives and deaths, disgust me.
I think he could have done some good with out budgets, would have approved the pipeline, etc. Not sure he would have been tough enough to gut the federal agencies the way they ought to be.
Romney would have made things better but instead we´re looking into the abyss.
I don´t think romney would have repealed obummer care, after all he signed romney care and we know how that is working out for the state of Mass. Plus I´m sick and tired of people blaming those who didn´t vote for him or "stayed" home, that wasn´t why romney lost, he lost due to lack of interest in answering back actuations from zero´s attact machine, and from not capitalizing on his 1st debate win and then not trying to win afterwards. In essense the presidency was his to lose and he did indeed lose it. but the biggest reason was the vote stealing which he didn´t challange. So stop blaming everyone except where the blame is deserved.
I guess those who were disgusted that some would have the GALL to not vote for Romney, (or anyone else they felt did not deserve their vote), because THAT person says so, will be a lot more disgusted at the next GOP RINO loss.
How bout you keep voting for any republican RINO that they run, and others will discern and discriminate in their choice, or is that not "free" enough for you? I guess we can put you in charge of ALL voting, so you can be sure that everyone votes for the same people that you do. After all, that´s what you´re lobbying for here, isn´t it?
Amen #6! Please show me where 3-4 million stayed home and didn´t vote. They had to be back in the hills where they didn´t know what was going on. For most I know, Romney was not their first choice but they had no problem voting for him when he became the candidate.
The RNC needs to start making noise about getting the vote process cleaned up. Close the open primaries (which I understand is how Ms. Lindsey Grahamnesty keeps getting elected), get machines that are not programmable to give the vote to the democrat, require voter ID, go back to ELECTION DAY for voting and get away from this early voting bee-ess. Clean up the voter rolls and don´t let the crooks from the other side stop you. I´m sure there are other things to be done, but most importantly, have a litle pot of indelible ink there to mark the voters when they finish casting their ballot.
All of you who had a disdain for Romney as a candidate, hope you enjoy the next 4 years in the economic dumpster...along with the rest of us who you have now dragged along with you. KMA, you wouldn´t know good if it hit you in the arse.
Whenever the light of truth reflects on Romney his water carriers man the barricades. How predictable, but facts are inconvenient. As a candidate he was way beyond incompetent. W/an effective unemployment rate, since ´08, at 17%; ´numbers guy´ Romney couldn´t make a case for change w/the average voter! What a mensch! Voter fraud is a canard advanced by the delusional. R Gov´s were in control in virtually every single battleground state, all of which he lost. A fact! Romney lost because he was a feckless and inept nominee who stood for absolutely nothing and the voters knew it in their bones. So they decided to stick w/the buffoon they knew. Principled conservatives warned in vain about Romney since ´06 but were told to shut up. So be it as it matters little now that a new party is in the womb.
Actually, I wanted a conservative for president, not a decent man who is to decent, or whimpy to stand up to the dems. Romney was not a conservative. I will not vote for a dem and see no reason why I should vote for a non-conservative or a dem-lite.
I voted for Romney. He lost. I voted for john vichy petain, he lost. That is history. We should learn from history. The lessons I learned from 2008 and 2012? 1. I will not support the RNC...unless they: a. Publicly send sen john "vichy" petain to the woodshed. He needs to show cause for continued association and support by the republican party. b. RNC come right and admonish any republican who strays from long established conservative principles. c. Support conservative upstarts, withdraw support for broken down RINO collaborators. 2. I will not vote for a RINO again. I have in the past (often). Now its the RINO supporters who need to change their mindset, and vote for conservatives only. "Winning" with RINO collaborators is not winning. Their are members of the dem-lite loser party. (DLLP). 3. I am coming to the conclusion that a third party is what is needed. To those who respond that we will never win a national election again... I offer that they are probably correct, especially if RINOs much like what we ended up with in 2008 and 2012 are our candidates in 2014 and 2016. Time for a change....
okay, I am amazed to see that people do not understand that peoples stayed home rather than vote for etch a sketch. the establishment repugs know it it, and also understand that their base is no longer willing to vote for someone in the political/ruling class like Romney.
but hey, if you dont believe that, 0bama got 7 million votes less than last time. Did these people vote for Romeny? Did not think so.
There are legitimate grounds for criticism of Romney´s campaign - poster #6 raises a couple of good points. But those who believe that Mitt was foisted on us by some shadowy "establishment" or that a third party is the answer are seriously misguided, IMO.
Acceptance of a clear-cut conservatism depends upon a moral clarity and sense of individual responsibility which have been lost in recent decades. The erosion has been going on for at least a half a century. Invoke Reagan all you want, dump on Romney and others to your heart´s content, but none of it will bring back the responsible, common sense America we grew up in.
I just love how the columnists always have all the answers. That includes fat, old guys who criticize football, basketball, and baseball players in writing their columns. I always think, if they have all the answers, why aren´t they running for office or playing sports.
As for the "real" conservatives who are still upset because the establishment didn´t choose a "real" conservative, maybe you can make a difference, run for office, and win. Give it a try.
One more thing, I hope the Republicans talk Rush, or the most conservative person they can find, in to running for president so we can see if they can actually win. IMO, they could win if they give away the goodies like the Dems. Romney wasn´t going to do that.
Now look here, #15, you´ve got to listen to "your far, far betters" and get with the program! You see, the Republican Party OWNS you. And your vote? They own that too. It´s theirs, they´re entitled to it, and you have to hand it over whenever they demand it, no questions asked. You see what happens to people who "stay home" - why they´re THIEVES, that´s what they are! They deliberately stuffed a Republican-branded vote into their pockets and refused to hand it over to its lawful owner! That makes them the enemy. Not the people who actually sold their votes to Obama, the highest bidder, but the people who had the temerity to think that they had any role in an election other than as beast of burden for their owners.
How convenient to forget we have a primary process. The last man standing was Romney because the others imploded and the reality TV queen didn´t run. I think the sane people are at least aware that Reagan wouldn´t win thanks to Santa Barack & and the kneepad media. Staying home and not voting ensures he and mayor Hans Landa take our guns & ammo and soft drinks away.
Government services across the US may have all but ground to a halt, but there is one that remains open for business as usual: the Presidential paradise of Camp David. The woodland retreat has stayed immune to the shutdown because it falls under the aegis of the Department of Defence, whose staff are designated as active-duty military personnel. More than 250 chefs, gardeners, electricians and anybody else who keeps the camp running in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Maryland, should the President drop by are not only still working, but are also getting paid, according to website TMZ. Meanwhile,
Republicans on Friday seized on an unnamed senior administration official’s comment that “it doesn´t really matter to us” how long the government shutdown lasts, “because what matters is the end result.” Republican offices circulated the comment, published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, with a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) incredulously asking “it doesn’t matter?” The spokesman in a separate email listed "things that don´t ´matter´ to the White House," including veterans´ benefits, food inspection, and scientific research all halted during the shutdown. Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, attributed the quote in a tweet to a “compassionate
Regulations issued by the Obama administration this week would require members of Congress to buy one of the top-tier insurance plans from the ObamaCare exchanges. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House sent guidance to members of Congress this week, based on a directive from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), that says they must choose plans from the "gold" level of insurance coverage, not "bronze" or "silver" plans. "Platinum" is the only higher level of coverage under the exchanges. "For plan year 2014, Members of Congress and designated congressional staff will choose from 112 options in the Gold
A recent spate of high-profile shootings at South Side parks has drawn attention to a little-publicized police strategy to work with neighborhoods to retake public spaces. Historically, parks and playgrounds have been community anchors where residents meet and children come to swing, climb on the jungle gym, learn to throw and dribble balls, and fall off their training bicycles. But the recent violence -- this week´s shooting that injured three teens in Merrill Park and last month´s shooting at Cornell Square Park that wounded 13 -- has framed play areas as gang strongholds. That´s where Operation: Wake-Up! comes in. Its
The Lawrence motorcyclist struck and paralyzed as a desperate SUV driver tried to escape the rage of other bikers in New York on Sunday has a six-page criminal record that began at age 12 with a negligent driving charge and includes jail time for drugs, guns, resisting arrest and other convictions, according to court records. Edwin Mieses, 32, never got a driver’s license in the Bay State, the Registry of Motor Vehicles said, but he was frequently nabbed behind the wheel, and even sentenced to jail for driving without a license, court records show. Mieses has a pending case out
Leaders of America’s largest teachers unions are joining teachers in 170 countries to urge political leaders to invest more in K-12 education around the world. The campaign is organized by Education International, an umbrella group of unions representing 30 million teachers, and will be announced Friday in New York with United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. “The whole premise is that every single child ought to have access to a free, universal, quality education,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union. “There´s not a country in the world where
LONDON- Britain´s Daily Mail newspaper will tell you that many things you eat can give you cancer, global warming is probably bunk and the British way of life is under threat from pernicious Eurocrats in Brussels. The Mail is Britain´s most polarizing paper, and one of the most powerful. To fans, it´s the voice of old-fashioned British values and the enemy of meddling bureaucrats and stultifying political correctness. To critics it´s a sensationalist, small-minded rag that demonizes feminists, foreigners and the poor. To politicians, the Mail is a formidable force whose blessing can help deliver crucial swing votes and whose wrath
Fear not the shutdown, Republicans in Congress! You are the supposedly conservative alternative in politics, and we are currently $16 trillion in the hole. The least you can do is stop spending so much money everyday to keep the vile beast going. Also, as the supposedly conservative alternative, you should be thrilled that all the "non-essential" bureaucrats have been sent home while our military remains at post. For most of us innocent taxpayers, this suits us just fine. The only people who should be scared are the big government enthusiasts when the vast majority of Americans realize they didn´t even
STAMFORD- A Stamford woman was shot and killed after trying to ram her car into a White House security barrier and leading police on a high-speed chase past the Capitol with her 18-month-old daughter in tow. Miriam Carey, 34, of 114 Woodside Green, drove her black Infiniti coupe onto a driveway leading to the White House, and over a set of lowered barricades. When Carey couldn´t get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction, flipping a Secret Service officer over the hood of the car as she sped away, said B.J. Campbell, a tourist from
American media outlets were finally able to track down a mythical creature — a person who actually signed up for the Obamacare exchanges online. But that person, Chad Henderson, admitted to the Washington Post that the premium for the plan he enrolled in was $175. Ouch! Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to lower premiums? Henderson’s going to pay a $175 premium and he won’t even receive vision or dental insurance. He has contacts, so not having vision insurance is kind of a bum deal. Henderson, as far as we know a healthy, 21-year-old college student at Chattanooga State Community College who lives in
Chris Matthews appeared on “The Colbert Report” Wednesday night to promote his new book, “Tip and the Gipper,” saying that it’s going to be hard for President Obama to beat Ronald Reagan’s legacy. “Do you think Reagan was a better president than Obama is?” Stephen Colbert asked the MSNBC host. “In the end, yes,” Mr. Matthews responded. “In the end. Because he ended the Cold War. “That’s hard to beat,” he said, adding that he believes the government shutdown “is going to go on weeks.” The pundit also took a jab at Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Mr. Colbert asked Mr.
WASHINGTON — Shortly before the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, a small group of top White House officials huddled in the West Wing for what turned out to be a discussion of critical importance: how to run the place. They listened as soon-to-be-furloughed junior staff members showed them how to send a news release, issue a proclamation and distribute daily reports of President Obama’s activities. One crucial piece of information was how to clear someone through the security gates for Oval Office appointments. (Snip) But now, 1,265 of the 1,701 people normally assigned to what is called
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
President Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that while he’s been president, he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican party.” Obama boasted: During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary. I am exasperated with the idea that, unless I say that, ‘Twenty million people, you can’t have health insurance,’ these folks will not reopen the government. That is irresponsible. The President asserted that he’s
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
In case there´s any doubt as to who´s to blame for this outrage, a spokesman for National Park Service said the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered up the blockades.Even Bill Clinton didn´t have the audacity to try such a thing during the 1995 government shutdown.As the AP reported at the time, "tourists were free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to read the Gettysburg Address — those and other similar sites don´t require supervision of federal employees." This isn´t the first time
Despite an emergency meeting at the White House, congressional leaders reported no progress late Wednesday on trying to reach a budget deal -- while over on Capitol Hill, tempers were flaring and lawmakers were melting down on the floor of the House. The top four congressional leaders took a stab, during an hour-long White House meeting, at negotiating with President Obama over the impasse. There was no breakthrough. House Speaker John Boehner emerged saying he had a "nice, polite conversation" but complaining that Obama would not budge off his demand that Congress pass a straight budget bill -- one that does not
DALLAS —In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Congress’ inability to
The shutdown battle has become, essentially, a high-stakes blame game.(snip)But in a note to clients, Potomac Research Group´s Greg Valliere says that President Obama still has one "trump card" of his own left to play, Social Security: THE HEAVY ARTILLERY: We have thought for weeks that Obama would play the Social Security trump card if there was no deal on the debt ceiling by mid-October. This is one of several reasons why we think a default is unlikely, and it´s one of several reasons why Boehner will capitulate; the only questions are when and under what terms. We think he may
Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. Things
Because Barack Obama was elected on a campaign promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States, and because our nation then proceeded to lose much of its international influence and domestic economic dynamism, it is easy to say “this is intentional. It’s just what he wants.” Yet while Obama might, in his heart of hearts, not bemoan the loss of jobs and economic growth at home, and American power and prestige abroad, ascribing it to an intentional effort gives Obama credit for qualities and skills he does not possess. Neocon David Horowitz entitled a recent fundraising letter for his Freedom Center “Urgent: Is
The revisions downward begin. Yesterday, Obamacare exchanges were melting down because of the intense interest in signing up. All the citizens were flooding the gates for all the insurance! Why, in California there were 5 million visitors. No technologist could prepare for such an onslaught. Here’s what really happened: California’s health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. State officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment, far fewer than the 5 million it reported Tuesday. The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a
Conservative talker Mark Levin has a stern warning for President Barack Obama and his administration: Don’t mess with the World War II veterans. Levin, author of “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” told his audience on his Wednesday radio show should there be any action taken against those veterans for visiting the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, even with the government shutdown, he would bring 500,000 people to march on the Washington, D.C. in response. “I want to tell you folks something — I want to say this loud and clear to the people